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Doxology. Chuck sings! Kinda. Bet you can’t guess the name of the
most played piece of music in Protestant churches each Sunday?
You looked at the title of this episode, didn’t you? Chucks sings
and explains on this his THIRTY-THIRD show!
Ever done this with your fingers as a child: “Here’s the church
and here’s the steeple.” Then you spread your palms apart and
wiggle your fingers while saying: “Open the doors and see all the
people.” What’s the reason these tall structures exist almost
exclusively on places of worship? Chuck goes high in the sky to
find out on this his THIRTY-FIRST show!
Each year, United Methodist Women (UMW) members prepare for
faithful living and action through mission studies. Three
areas of study are offered each year – a geographical, topical,
and spiritual growth study. These studies motivate,
inform, and enrich our commitment to global ministry and are open
to all interested women and men. Youth studies are also
What a delightful surprise to receive such a nice tribute on the
10th anniversary of my employment. During this decade, I
have had the pleasure of working for a number of fine pastors,
have enjoyed the friendship of many, and found the variety of
church work rewarding and fulfilling. It is a most interesting
and all-consuming job.
May 28, 2013Harriet Kallemeyn, Chair, Communications Committee
The Communications team met in May to check in on our overall
strategy and brainstorm for the future.
Given the number of people who now read the Visitor online, it
may be possible to reduce the number of paper copies that are
mailed each month—saving paper and postage both. We recognize
that not every- one has access to the electronic version, so we
will con- tinue to provide paper copies, but look at ways to
distribute them efficiently and at lower cost.
Ever wonder how our Pentecost banners are installed every year?
Click on the blue ‘Pentecost 2013′ above. You’ll be taken to our
website to view a video we made. If the video thumbnail
appears on your computer screen – just click on the image to
AKRON, Ohio. 5/14/2013 – Local youth from the Summit Choral
Society’s Touring Choir will perform at the First United
Methodist Church located in Midtown Sacramento (at 21st & J)
on Sunday, June 23, 2013. The choir will provide music for
the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Summit
Children’s Touring Choir, under the direction of Mrs. Arlene
Jacobs, serves as performance ambassadors for the Summit Choral
Society, having already traveled on many prior tours.
Do you like to read? I’ve been reading some fine books
lately that I’d like to recommend to you for your summer
reading. I hope you enjoy one or more of these.
Washington, A Life by Ron Chernow
Pulitzer Prize winner Chernow offers up a detailed and very
readable biography of our first President. Instead of the
unemotional man I have learned Washington to be, Chernow paints a
picture of a passionate, complex person.
Youth are now selling Stock for their Summer Sierra Service
Project Mission trip. You can be a part of this great
service by investing in the youth and purchasing stock to support
their mission. Please stop by the Youth table in the
Terrace Room after worship!
UMW will serve you right with sweet treats to nibble while you
shop for Fair Trade items from the SERRV catalog.
SERRV is non-profit provides a market for craftspeople and
farmers worldwide, and is now an UMCOR partner. You will have an
opportunity to order beautiful handmade items online, with
proceeds benefitting UMW and UMCOR. A limited number of items
will be available for purchase on the day of the event.
May 26, 2013Missions CommitteeUnited Methodist Women
The Missions Committee and the United Methodist Women at
First Church are looking for school supplies to fill School Kits
to be collected at the California-Nevada Annual Conference this
June 19th to 22nd.
The comfort of school supplies is an important treasure for
school children after they have experienced a disaster.
Psalm 55 verse 22 says to “cast your burden upon the Lord, and
God will sustain you; God will never allow the righteous to be
shaken.” Like you, I have been watching the devastation caused by
tornadoes to our brothers and sisters in Oklahoma. At this time,
more than 20 people have been found dead including several
May 18, 2013Analisa Johnson, SAM Communications Director
Hello Everyone! On May 11th SAM participated in the Second
Saturday Art Walk. A live band performed in front of the church -
which was much enjoyed by all – as well as art activities and
sign up and registration information for our summer session. Our
hope was to get our name out into the community and teach others
about the great mission that is SAM, and I believe that we did
just that! Thank you to all who came out to volunteer and show
their support to SAM.
Seen any symbols of fire around your sanctuary? Do you know
what’s the second most important day of the Christian year? Chuck
messes with candles again and explains Pentecost on this his